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    Collector to hold talks with farmers for acquiring land

    TNN | Updated: Apr 4, 2018, 12:55 IST
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    NASHIK: District collector Radhakrishnan B has decided to focus on land acquisition for Nagpur–Mumbai Super Communication Express (Samruddhi Project) to ensure the process is completed at the earliest.

    Speaking to reporters about the steps to be taken in the new fiscal, the collector said, “Besides all other important aspects, land acquisition for Samruddhi will remain our focus and we have to wind up the process at the earliest. Hence, we will be meeting the farmers.”

    The assurance about collector meeting the farmers in Sinnar and Igatpuri taluka assumes significance as there are some pockets where the process of buying the land amicably is still stuck due to various reasons, including farmers’ objection to selling of land for the project.

    The primary opposition remains in Shivde village of Sinnar taluka where the farmers have not even allowed joint measurement with a demand of treating the village as special case.

    “There are many issues of the farmers like the land title issues, problems within the family and even in some case opposition to the project. We will soon meet the farmers and are confident of convincing them,” the collector said.

    The administration now has 65% of the land out of required 1,125 hectare for 101-km section of access controlled highway passing through Sinnar and Trimbakeshwar talukas of Nashik district.

    The second priority would be towards the Gaal Mukta Dharan (desilting of dams) for which the government has given huge funds. “We are in talks with people and the NGOs for mobilising the farmers who can lift the soil from the dam and use the same in their farms that will cut down on the use of fertilizers,” Radhakrishnan said.

    On cleanliness front, the collector said Saptashrungi Gadh will get the street cleaning machine to ensure cleanliness in the temple shrine and atop the hills.

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      Faulty assessment led to 50% less property tax recovery in Nashik: Municipal Commissioner

      The demand at present is Rs 80-82 crore whereas it should have been Rs 160 crore, Tukaram Mundhe saidSumita Sarkar | TNN | April 06, 2018, 13:00 IST

      NASHIK: Municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe on Thursday said that incorrect and incomplete assessment of properties led to lesser than actual tax demand.

      The demand at present is Rs 80-82 crore whereas it should have been Rs 160 crore, he said, adding that he has brought about tax reforms for the first time in Nashik Municipal Corporation and that the civic budget for 2019-20 would be good.

      “Since 1998-99 there has not been any change in rateable value of properties. Hence, the tax base is less as also the tax demand. Tax was recovered only on carpet area. From this year onwards tax will be recovered on built-up area. Also, there has been no tax on land. Till now tax was recovered only for 17,519 open plots. From this year onwards, tax will be recovered from every plot in the corporation limits, including the space left after construction,” Mundhe said.

      He said that every year the rateable value has to be declared before the financial year. Hence, the base rate for properties in 2018-19 had to be declared. Except Nashik, these tax reforms were done everywhere. The reforms are for all government buildings as well.

      “Till now assessment of properties was done at the divisional offices due to which the main office of the NMC did not have control over it. Therefore, there were lacunae in assessment. This year onwards, the NMC head office will be conducting the assessment. With all these reforms, the tax recovery will go up from Rs 80 crore to Rs 250 crore,” Mundhe said.

      “I have only fixed the rateable value of new properties. This rate will not change till it is demolished and reconstructed or rateable value is changed to capital value. Every year rateable value of new properties will be declared,” he added.

      Explaining about the increase in property tax he said that it would be what the general body had approved, that is, 18%, and due to this the demand on properties already under tax net would rise from Rs 80 crore to Rs 160 crore.

      “The hike of 40 paise to Rs 1.6 for some properties is not for property tax but for fixing the rateable value for new properties in that area. Though old buildings will have to pay the tax as per the old rateable value, assessment of old properties will be done and tax will be levied on the vacant land,” Mundhe said.

      He also said that as part of the tax reforms, the NMC has also started the process of attaching properties and auctioning them to recover the tax.

      “Demand, which is the bill, has to be given in time to the property owner who has to pay within 90 days. On failing, we attach the property and then auction it. If it does not get auctioned then we can take it into our possession. For vacant land and vacant buildings we paste a notice of 21 days. If no one turns up we attach the property and auction it,” Mundhe added.


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        Nashik: Bombay HC to hear BSNL's plea on property tax on April 11

        The NMC attached 16 of the 19 BSNL mobile towers spread across the city for pending property tax dues to the tune of Rs 1.97 croreSumita Sarkar | TNN | Updated: April 08, 2018, 11:02 IST

        NASHIK: The Bombay High Court will be hearing the case of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd, Nashik that is opposing the property tax imposed by Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC), on April 11.

        The NMC attached 16 of the 19 BSNL mobile towers spread across the city for pending property tax dues to the tune of Rs 1.97 crore.

        The BSNL knocked the doors of the court 12 years back when it opposed the property tax with respect to three of its towers. The case is pending since then. They pleaded that they were not liable to pay property tax as these were towers. Since then the case was status quo. Now NMC sought legal advice and learnt that status quo is only for the three towers. Hence, the remaining 16 were attached.

        "BSNL again went to HC pleading stay on property tax demanded by us but scheduled the hearing on April 11," said an NMC official. When contacted BNSL officials said that they moved HC requesting it to grant status quo as like it had granted it for the three towers earlier.

        “We are service providers and not in a position to pay the huge dues. The hearing is on April 11,” said a BSNL official.

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          Waste segregation: NMC collects Rs 2.6 lakh fine

          TNN | Updated: Apr 7, 2018, 14:02 IST Representative image

          NASHIK: The civic body has collected Rs 2.62 lakh as finefrom 250 households and commercial establishments between April 1 and 5 for not segregating dry and wet waste at source. It has also served notices on 282 households for not segregating the waste while depositing it in garbage vans.

          The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has made segregation of waste mandatory from April 1. Citizens have to hand over dry and wet waste separetely to garbage vans.

          The civic body has also started penalising traders for using plastic and collected fine of Rs 60,000. The fine was slapped as per the Maharashtra Biodegradable and Non-biodegradable Garbage (control) Act, 2006.

          Following the ban by the state government on use of all kinds of plastic and thermocol, the NMC had on last Friday issued a notification about plastic regulations.

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            Nashik has over 46 lakh trees, finds survey

            Tushar Pawar| TNN | Updated: Apr 7, 2018, 14:05 IST
            NASHIK: The ongoing tree census has so far counted over 46.5 lakh trees within the civic body’s jurisdiction.

            The census, which began in from November 2016, is expected to be completed in the next two months.

            The last tree count in the city was conducted manually in 2007 by the civic body’s garden department, which counted 20 lakh trees in over 160 species.

            “We have completed the survey in most parts of the city. The survey at three areas, two in Nashik Road and one in Trimbak Road, are remaining,” NMC sources said.

            The 46.5 lakh trees consist of 250 species, of which 70 are rare, the sources said. Of the total trees counted so far, 65% is on government land, while the rest is on private and other lands.

            The NMC has roped in a private agency to conduct the tree census, which started the work in November 2016, using global information system and global positioning system.

            “Actually, the ratio of trees in the city should be eight trees per one person. Considering the population of 18 lakh people in the city, the number of trees should be over 1 crore. The survey might look impressive, but it’s far from satisfactory,” said city environmentalist Rajesh Pandit.

            “Also, the NMC should conduct tree plantation along the rivers and nullahs in the city. This will also help rejuvenation of the river,” he added.

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              City gets road infra worth Rs 654 crore in 2 years

              Tushar Pawar| TNN | Updated: Apr 9, 2018, 23:45 IST
              Nashik: The city has got road infrastructure worth Rs 654 crore in the last two financial years.

              In 2015-16 itself, 37 major road works were completed at a cost of Rs 462 crore under the Simhastha Kumbh Mela, while one road work of the mela is still in progress. The municipal corporation has also completed 23 other road works worth Rs 192 crore during the period, the civic administration said in reply to questions asked by Dinkar Patil, leader of the house.

              The civic body develops city roads during the Kumbh Mela and the state government also provides funds in view of the mega religious conglomeration.

              The remaining road work under the Kumbh Mela is of the inner ring road stretch from Lekhanagar to Canal Road. Around 90% of the work has been completed, civic officials said.

              Apart from this, resurfacing of road in Nashik East and Nashik Road divisions are also in progress.


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                Don’t levy tax on agri land, mayor urges civic chief

                Tushar Pawar| TNN | Apr 9, 2018, 23:43 IST
                . Nashik: Mayor Ranjana Bhansi on Monday requested municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe not to levy tax on agricultural land in the city considering the plight of farmers.

                Bhansi handed over a letter to Mundhe, asking him not to take any decision on the issue without approval from the general body.

                Mayor’s action follows the civic administration’s decision to levy higher tax on new properties, along with agricultural land.

                On April 1, the administration had issued a public notice announcing levy of tax on new residential properties by almost five times, along with the land around the structures.

                “The state government has right to levy tax on land, buildings and properties. The government has given the rights to the civic body to levy tax on land and properties. Accordingly, the NMC is revising the tax rates for 2018-19 on new properties, extended structures and land,” states the public notice released by the NMC.

                New properties, extended structures in properties and reconstruction of old properties have come under the new tax net. Parking space, swimming pool, and open to sky properties are also taxable. Vacant plots have also been brought under the tax net. Besides the structure, the remaining land of building or bungalow has also been brought under tax net.

                Every land within the limit of the NMC has come under tax. Accordingly, farmers will have to pay tax on their agricultural land.

                “As per the advertisements in local newspapers, the tax rates for new properties, extended constructions, change in use, tenant and land have been revised for 2018-19. There was no tax on agricultural land so far. Farmers are already in trouble due to effects of climate change on agricultural production. At this juncture, no tax be levied on farmers,” Bhansi says in her letter.

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                  Online 7/12 for 300 talukas from May 1: Maharashtra Revenue Minister

                  This will ensure farmers don’t have to make rounds of the local revenue office before they get hold of such documentsAbhilash Botekar | TNN | April 12, 2018, 16:00 IST

                  NASHIK: Farmers from 300 talukas across the state can get their digitally signed record of rights, also known as 7/12 extracts, online from May 1.

                  This will ensure farmers don’t have to make rounds of the local revenue office before they get hold of such documents.

                  State revenue minister Chandrakant Patil said, “We have almost completed the entire process to ensure farmers receive electronic record of rights in 300 talukas. By May 1, farmers in these talukas will have access to digitally signed and valid 7/12 extracts.”

                  The minster was on a tour of Nashik city, when he conducted a meeting with revenue and land record officers.

                  There are a total of 365 talukas in the state. In Nashik 12 talukas out of 15 will be ready to serve farmers e-7/12 extract from May 1.

                  The applicant can file a request for the record from their home, an internet café, or seek the help of MahaOnline centres to complete the process and receive the certificate.

                  The minster also pointed out that the state government had moved Supreme Court on the issue of promotion of officers belonging to reserved categories.

                  “The Bombay High Court had ordered that no promotion be granted to government officers belonging to reserved categories based on caste. Promotion must be on the basis of merit. The state government has challenged the high court’s order in the apex court. At present, promotion of officers who are not from any reserved category will be carried out,” Patil said.

                  The minister also spoke on the government’s plan to do away with archaic laws to make government’s activities seem pro-people.

                  “In case of ready reckoner rates, the governing laws limited the government’s role only to provide suggestion on the rates of land to the Inspectorate General of Stamps and Registration (IGR). We amended the law asking IGR to accept the government’s suggestion. This led to ready reckoner rate being unchanged whereas, the rate was supposed to increase by seven percent. The state government suffered a loss of revenue of Rs 450 crore,” the minister claimed.

                  He added that if the rates were increased, the rise would have affected the real estatemarket.

                  The minster also said that he plans to conduct district-wise meeting of revenue officersfrom all the districts— starting with Nashik.

                  Patil said, “The first round of such meetings will be held at divisional headquarters. Thereafter, meeting will be held at other district headquarters with an aim to get first hand information about the developments being carried out and what more is needed. In Nashik we tried to understand what the city and the district needs. The provision of funds and releasing them will be based on these inputs.”


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                    90,000 smart streetlights to adorn Nashik roads soon

                    Tushar Pawar| TNN | Updated: Apr 12, 2018, 15:22 IST
                    The city roads will soon adorn a new look with over 90,000 smart streetlights to be regulated from a control room that will be set up at Panchavati divisional office of the civic body.

                    Once the traffic subsides at night, the brightness of these lights will be reduced enabling the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) to save energy and the tariff it pays to Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL).

                    The entire project would be implemented by a private agency under the public-private partnership (PPP) model.

                    Nashik Municipal Smart City Development Corporation Limited (NMSCDCL), the agency responsible for implementing the smart light project, has already floated a tender. The last date for filing the bid is April 24. The process is likely to be completed by June end. The project will become operational within a year of filing a tender.

                    Chairman of NMSCDCL Sitaram Kunte reviewed the ground work of the project at the smart city meeting on Wednesday.

                    “A command control centre will be set up at Panchavati divisional office to monitor smart lights across the city. The centre will monitor the duration for which the lights are on, switching the lights as per the guidelines defined by the National Lighting Code,” said sources close to NMC.

                    Smart bulbs with brightness ranging from 7 to 30 lux will be installed depending on the width of the roads.

                    “Generally the time from 7pm to 10pm is the peak period for vehicular traffic. Thereafter, the movement of vehicles subsides. The control room will reduce the brightness of the smart lights after 10pm. However, we will ensure the roads are well illuminated for the convenience of motorists and pedestrians,” said NMC officials.

                    Besides completing the work of installing the street lights within a year of receiving the contract, the selected agency will look after the maintenance for 10 years.

                    Currently, NMC spends Rs 2.5 crore on an average each month on electricity bills. With the energy efficient smart streetlighs in place, the electricity bills are expected to reduce by around 60%.

                    The agency will be allowed to advertise on the electric poles, the revenue of which will be shared between the agency and the civic body.


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                      No progress in un-widened stretch of Pune highway

                      Santosh Sonawane| TNN | Apr 14, 2018, 11:47 IST

                      NASHIK: Officials of the national highways division of the state public works department(PWD) are awaiting a report that would be filed by the National Environment Research Institute (NERI) with respect to removing the trees along the stretch between Sinnar Phata and Darna river of the Nashik Pune highway, which is left un-widened due to the presence of trees.

                      On a petition filed by certain tree activists, the Bombay High Court has instructed NERI to give its opinion on hacking the trees. On the submission of the report, the HC is likely to give its judgement if the trees can be hacked for the road widening project.

                      The national highways division of the state PWD has awarded the contract to a company to widen the road from Sinnar Phata to Sinnar, a stretch of approximately 25 kms.

                      While the construction company has finished all the construction work, the 2.5 kms stretch from Sinnar Phata to Darna river is still pending.

                      While the new widened highway is 22 meters long, apart from the service roads, the un-widened stretch of 2.5 kms is just 7 meters wide. The narrow width of the un-widened road creates a bottle-neck, on the undone road which not only leads to traffic jams but also petty accidents. On this backdrop, highway officials are hoping that NERI comes out with its report at the earliest so that the work on the unconstructed road can be taken up.

                      Nashik Pune highway witnesses a huge traffic flow throughout the day. Many people also travel between Nashik Road and Sinnar for work. People who work and stay in Sinnar send their children to schools in Nashik city. The un-widened road has been posing a problem to everyone.


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